Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham's VALUE Virtual Labs research team conducted Annual Nodal Centre Conference on May 12, 2017, at Amritapuri Campus, as a part of the VALUE Nodal Center Program. The selected institutes participated in the event for their effective usage of Virtual Labs in their curriculum through our Nodal Center program. The one day conference-cum-workshop was attended by 60 institutes from Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Telangana.

Dr. Krishnashree Achuthan, heads of Center for Cybersecurity Systems and Networks and Amrita Technology Business Incubator (Amrita TBI), and the Principal Investigator VALUE Virtual Labs, Dr. Shyam Diwakar, Director of Computational Neuroscience and Neurophysiology and Co-Principal Investigator of VALUE Virtual Labs, Dr. Bala Shankar, Associate Dean, Amrita School of Engineering, Amritapuri and Dr. Jyothi S. N., Principal, Amrita School of Engineering, Amritapuri, inaugurated the event.

A special recognition award was given to the top five institutes from the nodal list on the basis of yearly virtual lab usage at their institute. The awardees were Sri Ramakrishna Engineering College, Tamil Nadu, BMS College of Engineering, Karnataka, SAINTGITS College of Engineering, Kerala, St. Paul's Arts and Science College, Kerala and T. K. Madhava Memorial Arts and Science Memorial College, Nangiarkulangara, Kerala.

The best coordinator award was also presented based on the performance and distinguished contribution to the field of implementation of virtual labs at their institute during the academic year of May 2016 to April 2017. Dr. Krishnashree Achuthan presented the awards to the winners, Dr. V. Anbazhagan and Dr. Senthil Kumar, VMKV Engineering College, Salem.

Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham's Sakshat Amrita Virtual Labs employ state-of-the-art computer simulation technology to create real world environments and problem handling capabilities and are required to bridge the gap between institutions (or industries) that retain the physical laboratory and distantly placed economically challenged educational institutions.

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